Hospitals for All

Paderewski Hospital, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh 1941. 
Credit: SCRAN


“These hospitals were located in the country, far away from busy towns and danger areas, and from the beginning were used for men and women from the services and for the victims of air raids. In the months following D-Day some twenty two thousand casualties were admitted to these emergencies hospitals and ambulance convoys like these were common sights. Between 1941 and 1945 several thousands of the sick and injured from the war factories and workshops were admitted to the departments hospitals, but even then beds still stood empty, so the department opened the doors first to the patients from the depressingly long waiting list of the overburdened voluntary hospitals and then when the war had ended to everyone. Today under the new service these hospital are like other hospitals, part of a national organisation.”